Skip to comments.Judge: Accused pirate's interrogation was lawful
Posted on 01/24/2012 11:05:24 AM PST by SmithL
Norfolk, Va. (AP) -- Prosecutors in a piracy trial will be allowed to use a Somali man's statements that he had been asked to negotiate the release of four American hostages who were later shot and killed aboard a yacht off the coast of Africa, a federal judge in Virginia has ruled.
Mohammad Saaili Shibin's attorney wanted the comments suppressed because they were made aboard a U.S. Justice Department airplane en route from Africa to Virginia after Shibin had requested an attorney. Shibin faces piracy, hostage-taking and kidnapping charges for his role in the February hijacking of the Quest as well as the 2010 hijacking of a German merchant vessel, the Marida Marguerite.
The owners of the Quest, Jean and Scott Adam of Marina del Rey, Calif., along with friends Bob Riggle and Phyllis Macay of Seattle, were the first U.S. citizens killed in a wave of pirate attacks that have plagued the Gulf of Aden and the Indian Ocean in recent years.
Prosecutors say the 52-year-old Shibin never boarded the Quest, but they consider him the highest-ranking pirate the U.S. has ever captured because of his role as a land-based negotiator. Eleven other men have pleaded guilty to piracy for their roles in the Quest's hijacking. Three others face murder charges.
U.S. District Judge Robert Doumar wrote Monday that Shibin voluntarily spoke with FBI agents on the plane and that he understood that he was waiving his rights each time he spoke with them.
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We’re soon going to see entire armies equipping their soldiers with little plastic cards that say, in English, “I want to be allowed to see an attorney.”
Of course, they will only be of use when dealing with American forces.
In other words we have to live with evil rather then fighting it when we live with evil those groups that are evil have the same rights as we do. none
Oh come on.... it’s not all that bad. So far, at least, they are not insisting on in-state resident tuition in case a Somali pirate or terrorist prisoner wants to take college classes while awaiting trial.
What the hell are we doing trying a Samali pirate ion a Virginia court?
This is insane.
We’re trillions of dollars in debt, and we’re giving pirates trials here in the US?
“You just murdered four innocent Americans in cold blood and now you want a lawyer? Well, here he is. Meet Mr. Colt, attorney-at-law.”
They should have allowed him to “escape” while over the ocean.